Post box to be permanent reminder of city’s gold standard

A Manchester post box is to remain gold as a permanent reminder of the city’s victorious Olympic athletes.

The Royal Mail has confirmed that the post box on Albert Square, painted in honour of Manchester-based medal winning cyclists, will remain gold and will be fitted with a special plaque.

The post box was given a golden makeover in August to honour the sprint cycling team of Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy, who train at Manchester’s Velodrome.

The post box was originally due to be revert back to its original colour but now, following pressure by Cllr Carl Austin, Manchester City Council's lead member for cycling, Royal Mail have confirmed it will remain a permanent golden fixture.

Cllr Austin originally led a campaign to have the box painted gold and has been contacting Royal Mail bosses to request it does not go back to its original red colour.

It will also be fitted with a special plaque in time for Manchester’s homecoming event for the city’s Olympic heroes. The event, held on October 26, is set to feature dozens of athletes from a range of sports who are either based or train in the city.

Cllr Carl Austin, Manchester City Council’s lead member for cycling, said: "The men’s sprint team, along with other Manchester-based cyclists such as Victoria Pendleton, Sarah and Barney Storey, and Bradley Wiggins, have inspired hundreds of people to take up this healthy and environmentally friendly activity.

"This post box will now be a wonderful lasting legacy to the heroes who learned their skills at the Velodrome, with hundreds of Mancunians and visitors to the city reminded of their achievements every time they pass it."

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